USPTO publishes Virent's patent application for 'reductive biomass liquefaction'; patent filed on Dec. 19, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 21, 2014 () – United States Patent and Trademark Office has received an application no. 20140107353, published on April 17, 2014, by Virent, Inc, titled as "Reductive Biomass Liquefaction" for the registration of patent.

Inventors: Qiao; Ming; (Pewaukee, WI) ; Cortright; Randy D.; (Madison, WI) ; Kania; John; (Madison, WI) ; Woods; Elizabeth; (Middleton, WI)

Assignee: Virent, Inc.



According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "The present invention provides methods, reactor systems, and catalysts for converting in a continuous process biomass to less complex oxygenated compounds for use in downstream processes to produce biofuels and chemicals. The invention includes methods of converting the components of biomass, such as hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin, to water-soluble materials, including lignocellulosic derivatives, cellulosic derivatives, hemicellulosic derivatives, carbohydrates, starches, polysaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, sugars, sugar alcohols, alditols, polyols, diols, alcohols, ketones, cyclic ethers, esters, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, and mixtures thereof, using hydrogen and a heterogeneous liquefaction catalyst."

The Patent was filed on December 19, 2013 under application No. 20140107353

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